December 13, 2017

UAT Robotics Team Places at Embry Riddle VEX U Tournament

Robotics team participates in VEX U at Embry Riddle

UAT Robotics students took a road trip to participate in the VEX U Robotics Tournament last weekend at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While this is not a qualifier for VEX Worlds Championship, it does earn points for qualifying for Worlds. This is the first year that UAT has competed in the early season competition. All of the teams from our league were invited. Early competition gives us the advantage of practicing against real opponents and seeing what the most successful teams are doing as we have time to iterate and improve before the State tournament in February….

“Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

Robotics and Embedded Systems student Kenneth Vorseth along with Professor Jill Coddington attended STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary on Thursday, Sept 21, showing off the 6-wheeled “dog robot” along. The “Dog Robot” was very exciting for the kids, and Kenneth had an excellent demo of the vision system including a good field test experience. This was a time to demonstrate robots and STEAM-related technologies. UAT faculty and students were a huge hit with the 6 wheeled dog robot as well as a vision system. Professor Coddington also enjoyed chatting with parents who work in industry and the Higley High…

Students Innovate Foot Mount for HTC Vive

HTC Vive Foot Mount

VR begins to evolve at UAT! UAT students from all different majors put their heads together to create a new adaption for the HTC Vive handheld controller. Currently the HTC Vive VR headset allows the player to use motion-tracked, hand controllers to interact in fully immersive environments. The controllers offer the ability for the user to pick up objects, communicate and explore different levels within the game. The more these students familiarized themselves with the HTC Vive, it sparked a neat idea. Because many of them played on the UAT soccer team, they were interested in finding a way to…

Programming Students Adopt a Robotic Dog

Autonomous Robot at University of Advancing Technology

Recently a few Robotics and Embedded Systems students have adopted a dog! Well, actually, Kenneth Vorseth and Andrew Weisenberger have been working in the Robotics Lab to program and bring a robotic dog to life. If the robot were a real dog it would be considered to be highly trained in that this robot is autonomous, designed for the Autonomous Object Tracking Vehicles class at UAT. Just last week, I was walking by and saw student Kenny Vorseth (Robotics and Embedded Systems/ Game Programming) training the robotic canine how to fetch in the UAT Commons. Please watch the video to see for yourself. An update…

G33K Squad Competes in Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT G33K Squad at Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT’s Robotics Team, the G33K Squad, took a road trip to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to compete in the Southwest VEX U Tournament on March 4, 2017. The team, along with Professors Jill Coddington and Mark Fedasiuk, spent a fun day of competing for a chance to win a spot in the VEX U World Championship. There were 12 University teams competing in this competition. Each team participated in six matches. The Southwest VEX U Tournament is the only regional tournament in our area. How does the Southwest VEX U Tournament work? There are two parts to the competition – autonomous…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

Shape the World: Aldebaran Robotics

aldebaran robotics

Aldebaran Robotics is hiring! Aldebaran is recruiting the best engineering, talents to join it’s humanoid robots’ dream team! What we are looking for? Passionate and creative people, experts, ambitious, able to think “out of the box”, convinced that Robotics is the next big thing. Are you searching for an innovative anf off-the-wall company, where we are building the future right now? You want to take up the challenges offered by robotics and shape the world? Check out our roles and career opportunities, and join us! www.aldebaran.com/en   Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Professors Rock Coding Seminars at the Great Arizona…

NASA Mars Rover Landing Free on Xbox Live

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to burn through the atmosphere on a NASA spacecraft? Xbox and NASA have teamed up to develop “Mars Rover Landing,” a skills game in which you use Kinect motion sensors to guide the rover Curiosity to land on Mars and successfully reach a target. The on demand game is available in 18 different languages. Download it for free on Xbox Live. File size is a modest 496MB. Link to this post!Related PostsUAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game Day Fundraiser Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT Phone Charging Hack…

The Future of Robotics and AI

In celebration of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday, Google has a Turing Machine Doodle.  Wired has a retrospective on Turing‘s influence on computing, and a discussion of the validity of the Turing Test for machine intelligence. On a much more optimistic note, the Between the Lines blog has a great article on the near future of robotics and AI, with opinions by computing pioneers such as Peter Norvig and Judea Pearl. Link to this post!

Cheap Wireless Arduino Programming

The engineers at NoMi Design have just released a neat design for programming your Arduino wirelessly using only a handful of inexpensive parts.  The design uses remote control infrared emitters and receivers to send the program to an Arduino. The downside is that the target Arduino must use the SuperDuplex bootloader (which requires an ISP programmer), and the range is limited to a few feet of line-of-sight.  However, this is a great solution for those times when you have to program a microcontroller in application, or hard to take apart. Link to this post!Related PostsProfessor Jill Brumand’s Sustainable Waste Activity…